| March 22
March 22 About 17,000 AT&T Inc workers in
California and Nevada went on strike on Wednesday, alleging that
the company violated contract terms by forcing employees to do
work outside their areas of expertise.
The employees, who work in the company's phone, landline and
cable services businesses, have been working without a contract
for almost a year. Last year, the workers, who are represented
by the Communications Workers of America, voted to authorize a
AT&T had 268,000 employees as of Jan. 31, according to a
filing. The company said it was prepared to continue serving
"A walkout is not in anybody’s best interest, and it’s
unfortunate that the union chose to do that," AT&T said in a
statement. "We’re engaged in discussion with the union to get
these employees back to work as soon as possible."
(Reporting by Anjali Athavaley; Editing by Marguerita Choy)